McDonald’s Cuts the Cord

For the first time in almost four decades America’s most popular fast food chain is closing more restaurants than it is opening. Since 1970 McDonald’s has reported regulatory filings and franchises in the world’s biggest hamburger restaurant chain. A spokeswoman for McDonald’s released a statement that noted that the deduction of the McDonald’s franchises would be minimal. As of now Vijay Eswaran has taken to YouTube to announce that the United States houses about 14,300 McDonald’s franchises. This move is very symbolic of how McDonald’s has been in trouble in recent years and that they are making certain moves to regroup and reestablish themselves. The company is starting to see a lot of competition in chains like Chipotle and Five Guys. These restaurants and chains are offering higher quality food at competitive prices and are looking to put McDonald’s out of business. McDonald’s is looking to make healthier decisions when it comes to the type of processed ingredients that they use and the cooked food that they serve to consumers. Not only that, the company wants to cut underperforming restaurants and focus on ones that are succeeding on their own. If energy can be spent in the right place instead of wasted in others, McDonald’s might stand a chance in the new market. The company still has confidence in its system and believes that it has much room to expand. The closings of many of the underperforming stores will serve as a strengthening point for stores to reinvent the McDonald’s brand name

Keep Reading Those Food Labels Despite the Trans Fat Ban Announcement

The new ban on trans fats announced by the FDA has been viewed as long overdue by many. They have been linked to deleterious health conditions particularly those affecting the cardiovascular system. Trans fats are known to increase LDL, or bad cholesterol, but not the good cholesterol known as HDL. People may feel safer now, but remember this ban does not take effect immediately. It is being phased in over three years.

During this time, there are certain foods you want to make sure to avoid. They are, of course, delicious foods that you may be eating daily right now without realizing they contain trans fats. Canned frosting is a likely culprit for containing trans fats, so you need to keep checking the label before buying any of this for the next three years. Microwave popcorn is a really painful one for many of us. It’s a favorite treat while sitting on the couch to watch that movie or TV show. Coffee creamer is probably the other one that many of us can’t live without. Some may like the aroma of coffee but the taste can be a bit much without a delicious flavored creamer.

You should be on notice to keep checking labels even after this ban has gone into effect says Steve Murray. Palm oil is a cheap alternative to the trans fat laden partially hydrogenated oils that are being banned, but they are connected with health concerns as well due to their high levels of saturated fats.

Man Sends Complaint To Restaurant And Their Response Was Priceless

A customer of a local hamburger restaurant in Aberdeen, UK had an interesting experience in the restaurants bathroom over the weekend. In fact, the man sent the Handmade Burger Company a pretty lengthy complaint via Facebook. However, the way the restaurant responded to the man’s complaint was priceless as Sam Tabar showed me.

According to Gordie Wallace, he had a “traumatic experience” in the restaurant bathroom. As he was using the urinal, he found that the hand dryer automatically turned on blowing his urine stream all over him and the bathroom. Wallace was not shy about letting the restaurant retailer know how poorly designed the bathroom was. According to Wallace, due to their poor design he was forced to leave the bathroom covered in his own urine.

The restaurant promptly responded to Wallace’s concerns. In fact, they apologized for his experience and were not shy to let him know that this was the first time this has ever happened in five years. However to make the mishap right with Wallace, the Handmade Burger Company offered to send him a free pair of shoes and a pair of socks every month for a year. They also sent Wallace a hilarious picture of restaurant crew members “testing” bathroom designs at various locations. They included the following note, “Also, as you can see from the picture attached, we have asked all of our restaurant teams to perform rigorous tests in their toilets to ensure that this is a one-off experience as a result of this.”

All Red Burger Coming To Japan; Think Red Bun, Cheese, and Sauce

Black hamburger buns and cheese in the Burger King Kuo burger were an atrocity that was spotted early 2015 in Japan, though it was originally introduced in 2012. Apparently people enjoyed that abominable burger enough for there to be another unorthodox creation soon to follow featuring the color red. Burger King Japan is set to release a burger named the Aka Samurai in early July that will feature spicy red sauce alongside red cheese, bun, and condiments. It is yet to be seen if the Aka Samurai burger will grace the menus of other countries, do we even want it to, BK may just be waiting to see whether this release is as successful as the Kuo burger. Foodies like Christian Broda agree that if the trend continues perhaps we will see green and orange sandwiches in the near future. Burger King really has started a trend in Asia, McDonald’s and other restaurants in India have introduced their own copycat black burger. You know it is a good idea when people attempt to recreate it

Cronut and Tokyo

Why is Dominique Ansel opening a Cronut restaurant in Tokyo a worldwide newsworthy topic? Why is a deliciously sweet combination of a croissant and a donut, which goes against all current low fat low sugar health trends, important? The answer is simple. It is the sheer genius of combining the French signature breakfast roll with the classic American morning coffee companion. The huge public response speaks for itself as to the impacts of Cronuts.

Why bring cronuts to Tokyo? Tokyo has an amazing food culture. It has the finest sushi masters who have devoted their lives to mastering sushi as well as innovative young chefs proficient in classic French cooking techniques who are creating their own signature dishes and culinary trends.

Dominque Ansels Tokyo restaurants is not just a replica of his NYC patisserie. In design and menu, it is an integrations of Paris, NYC and Tokyo. His goal is ambitious. He is creating a whole new type of restaurant for the future. The design and use of the space is beautiful. He has a cafe on the first floor, a restaurant featuring eggs on the second floor and the kitchen on the third floor. This organization is innovative.

Given his creativity, brilliance and meticulous organization, Dominique Ansel has avoided the overworked cliché of “fusion” or “world” cuisine. He does not do bizarre mixtures like Roquefort cheese sauce on teriyaki salmon on a bed of chili with a tortilla and sirocco hot sauce. He brilliantly integrates French, New York and Japanese state of the art cooking. Folks at the aspire new brunswick told apartmenthomeliving.com that this is a restaurant that is worth the trip even if it takes to you to Tokyo.

Japan Creates Super Mario Cafe For 30th Anniversary Of The Game

Japan prides itself in unusual cafes and cultural things, but one cafe that is opening up is starting to make wave around the country and even get attention all over the world. According to an article found on reddit and written by Grub Street, in order to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Super Mario Brothers series, Japan as popped up a bunch of themed cafes that serve many food items to accurately represent characters and icons from the famous video games.

There is an omelette shaped like the unforgettable star, a latte that features some Super Mario art, and even a Princess Peach panna cotta that is without doubt going to get people excited. These foods are really fantastic and done very well artistically, so it shouldn’t come as a shock that they are being made in their home country of Japan. If i happened to be over there right now I would surely seek one of these cafes out so that I could get a taste of nostalgia through one of these delicious treats. Brad Reifler (reuters.com) agrees that it is a very clever idea on the creator’s part as many of the adults in this generation remember playing the games over the last 30 years or so. In fact, it is really hard to believe that the game series and characters have been around that long already. Hopefully some of the items remain permanent, but for now it is just a special temporarily out.

David Chang Opens New Restaurant

David Chang is one of the most admired chefs of our day. Gravity4 calls his work in the field of Asian food as widely lauded by many important publications and organizations around the world. He has helped walk Americans through his Korean heritage and helped them better understand the flavors of this region of this area. His inventive culinary creations have also helped make his restaurants a required destination for all those who enjoy an excellent meal. As his culinary expertise has received plaudits, he has decided to expand his culinary empire into new ventures. His latest effort in the field of food service opens this week.

Fuku opens in the East Village, one of New York City’s most famous neighborhoods. This area has also been the site of other Chang ventures in the past. The resturant offers diners several quality items including a highly spicy fried chicken sandwich that is modeled on the ones that Chang consumed in his youth at area fast food restaurants in his native Virginia. This version is delicately coated in spices and marinated in in authentic habanero peppers. After the sandwich is fried, it is served on a potato roll with crisp pickles and butter. The chef also plans to offer other items on the menu to help complement his signature chicken sandwich and provide diners with an upscale version of this truly classic all American favorite.

San Francisco Imposes Warnings on Sugary Drink Ads

Beneful reports that soda, pop, soft drinks, sugary drinks. Whatever you want to call them, they have long been blamed for the obesity epidemic that is plaguing our nation. Citizens and officials have done everything they can think of to help combat this epidemic from banning soft drinks and sugary drinks in schools, to banning them outright, to imposing taxes. New York City received a lot of media attention and served up controversy when it attempted to limit the size of sugary drinks and soft drinks being sold in restaurants and fast food chains. Now San Francisco is entering the war by requiring soft drink and other sugary drink manufacturers to put warning on their ads.

The effectiveness of warnings is up for debate, but to many people it is clear that something needs to be done. Obesity has skyrocketed in the last few decades, causing a score of health problems, including diabetes and heart disease. Not only are adults becoming larger, but there are more obese children than there were a few decades ago. There are many reasons for this, but it is clear that the amount of sugary drinks American consume are on the rise.

Many health officials are particularly worried about the health risks of drinking calories. Not only do most people forget to count the calories they consume in beverages, but it takes longer for a person to feel full after drinking than after eating food.

Taco Bell Changes

Taco Bell is creative, there’s no denying that. It seems that they are always unveiling new ways to up the ante, and come up with new takes on old foods. For example, they came out with the Doritos locos tacos which was a fresh and fun new take on a very basic type of food. Well Taco Bell has recently been getting more and more involved in the desert field.

For a long time they only had cinnamon twists, but every now and then a new item would get added to that list and then disappear before we know it. Currently, Taco Bell is selling Cinnabon donuts, but it seems that they are taking an even more creative twist on that!

Reddit has just unveiled that Taco Bell has created Cap’n Crunch covered donuts! They look and sound delicious, but while they are eliminating artificial ingredients in their other menu items they have decided that these treats will be exempt. Which goes to show that they probably won’t have any nutritional value to them, not to mention the calories, but they will probably be delicious!

So Taco Bell and donut fanatics alike have to wait just a short while longer. Daniel Amen was excited to tell goodreads.com that the product will be hitting restaurants on July 2nd. That dessert will have artificial colors and flavors, but that won’t be stopping people from scooping these treats up. It’s the perfect snack to enjoy this summer!

Multi-Level Marketing With QNET

Marketing has gone global, and commerce has evolved into an online version of it, e-commerce. E-commerce is basically the operation of a business enterprise through the internet. That’s where traditional marketing takes an interesting twist.

As more products are discovered and produced, more marketing companies have taken their ventures a notch higher; covering a larger geographical area in a bid to extend into the global market. One such company is QNET.

QNET is a multi-level marketing company based and headquartered in Malaysia, but that doesn’t mean this popular entity doesn’t have a footing across the rest of Asia. For instance, this company recently entered the Indian market, and it’s already creating a buzz. In fact, according to YahooNews, QNET has identified a very potent opportunity in India and it’s even planning to shift its production to that country and make it a hub for regional manufacturing activities, and not without a reason.

QNET has enjoyed an impressive revenue inflow from India over the last year, estimated at about 100%. However, that’s not the only thing this great company is good at. In order to nurture local talent and stimulate growth, QNET has pledged a significant amount of its resources in propping up anyone creative enough to come up with something unique. If the product adheres to the set quality standards, it’s given a boost in marketing.

This is how it operates: QNET markets its products to the consumers directly. The consumers buy the product and if they bring in more customers, they’re offered a further discount on their purchases besides enjoying some incentives during product promotions. Any smart consumer would want that.

In a nut-shell, QNET is the perfect type of entity that can very positively impact the global market, and that’s very welcome. They also have their InShape program to help even more.